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Some annual results

  • 1000people empowered to voice oil spill concerns and oil clean-up expectations
  • 135Ogoni women trained to monitor clean-up of oil spills
  • 485Ogoni community members trained to participate in environmental and human rights assessments

Global Peace Index

147/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2020)


Nigeria flag Abuja, Nigeria

No. 9, Ona Crescent
Off Lake Chad Crescent
Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria

Lobby and advocacy coordinator

Cordaid in Nigeria

In Nigeria, Cordaid works with 7 partner organizations to strengthen the capacity of communities. This in order to advocate for the implementation of the recommendations of the UNEP 2011 Report on the clean-up of massive oil spills in Ogoniland (Niger Delta). We engage all stakeholders in the Ogoni Clean-up process and empower communities to participate in the operational and effective delivery of emergency measures, operated by government institutions and companies.

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Where does Cordaid work?

Cordaid in Nigeria started work in Nigeria’s Niger Delta in 2004. In December 2016, Cordaid started implementing the Strategic Partnership for Lobby & Advocacy “Restoring the Social Contract”, in a partnership with local Civil Society Organizations.

Our partners focus on Rivers and Bayelsa states in strengthening lobby and capacity of communities, to advocate for the implementation of the clean-up of Ogoniland and to reduce illegal artisanal refining.

The Cordaid Strategic Partnership for a clean and prosperous Niger Delta, which started in 2016, seeks to deepen and broaden government, companies, community and other stakeholders’ commitment towards the clean-up and protection of the Niger Delta environment. Its vision is an inclusive and peaceful Niger Delta, based on equity and sustainable development by 2050. The Partnership works closely with its Nigeria-based implementing partners to increase the capacity of citizens, to advocate for better impact management of oil exploration projects.

206,1 Million


Rural population

Urban population

-1.5% annual

GDP growth

34.1 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

Covering around 1,000 km2 in Rivers State, southern Nigeria, Ogoniland has been the site of oil industry operations since the late 1950s. Ogoniland has a tragic history of pollution from oil spills and oil well fires, yet until recently no systematic scientific information has been available about the ensuing contamination. The UNEP Report on Ogoniland (2011) is the first extensive independent scientific assessment of the region. It states that Ogoniland has suffered decades of neglect, not only by marginalization in relation to oil revenues, but also with regard to quality of infrastructure, rising unemployment rates (among its predominantly youthful population), high levels of HIV/AIDS infection rates and high levels of poverty.

Only about 27% of households in the Niger Delta have access to safe drinking water and 30% to electricity, both below the national average. There are 82,000 people per doctor, rising to 132,000 in some areas, more than three times the national average of 40,000. While 76% of Nigerian children attend primary school, only 30-40% attend in some parts of the Delta.

Most traditional livelihood options are destroyed, fishing and farming being the worst hit by the high levels of hydrocarbon pollution in the region. These abysmal human development indices have been the source of ongoing wave of attacks by militants on oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta. This is exacerbating an already bad security and social situation for local communities. The ensuing high levels of insecurity, political instability, unemployment and bleak economic opportunities led to significant inter- and intra-communal tensions, as well as an upsurge in violent crimes against members of the local population.

Cordaid in Nigeria

The Cordaid Strategic Partnership believes that a successful implementation of the clean-up of Ogoniland has potential to curb the environmental degradation and insecurity in the region. It can jump-start a sustainable livelihood agenda for the people of the Niger Delta through jobs creation. It can improve capacity of the Niger Delta on environmental management and ultimately improve the region’s economy.

The overall objective of the Strategic Partnership for Lobby & Advocacy “Restoring the Social Contract” in Nigeria is geared towards an inclusive, peaceful Niger Delta, based on equity and sustainability. It aims to empower local communities to contribute to and advocate for their own aspirations for the future of the Niger Delta. This approach is built on the opportunity created by the announced Clean Up operation in Ogoniland on June 2nd 2016, following the recommendations of the UNEP report 2011.

Partners and donors

Cordaid works with 7 partner organizations in Nigeria. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre (Kebetkache) have a community-based activist background in the Niger Delta. The Centre for Environment, Human Right and Development (CEHRD) and Publish What You Pay Nigeria (PWYP) are both research-based advocacy organizations. They promote accountability in the international oil companies and community relations. The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) are lobby and advocacy organizations based in Abuja, where they anchor the national-level advocacy components of Cordaid’s Strategic Partnership programs. FACE Initiative is based in Yenagoa, conducting advocacy activities in preventing artisanal refining and oil theft through illegal oil bunkering.

 Header image by Michael Stulman/CRS)